By Paul Breeden
BRISTOL NUJ can be at the forefront of the union’s drive to recruit the thousands of creative workers in the new media industry who have so far gone unrepresented.
Research conducted for the NUJ shows that Bristol is one of the nation’s hotspots for the digital sector.
The study was presented to a packed fringe meeting at the union’s ADM on November 21.
“We think the NUJ is the union for the new age,” Bristol branch chair Christina Zaba told the meeting.
“We are ready to recruit and to show people that this the new age is not just about individualism, it’s about a new collective empowered by new forms of communication.”
The new research – conducted for the union by Vivienne Sandt – shows there are 20,000 workers in digital new media in the Bristol area.
“There are thousands of people out there who are ripe to be recruited to the NUJ,” said Lawrence Shaw, the union’s assistant organiser for the North and Midlands.
Those present broadly agreed that anyone producing creative content online who isn’t merely a blogger should be able to join the NUJ.
“Online video reporters are doing fundamentally the same job as people at the BBC and ITV. And I don’t see that people who design websites are different from sub-editors,” said Lawrence Shaw.
“It’s down to all of us to go out and find them.”
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